Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) 2019 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) awards competitive grants to California dairy operations and digester developers for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in long-term methane emission reductions on California dairies and minimize or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

DDRDP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

CDFA will make $61-$75 million (65-80% of $94.1 million) available for the 2019 DDRDP. The Alternative Manure Management Program will receive $19-$33 million to support non-digester practices that reduce methane emissions from dairy and livestock operations. A range of award amount is included to ensure encumbrance of funds in each program by high-quality projects that will result in verifiable and quantifiable GHG reductions.


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CDFA will fund up to 50% of the total project cost with a maximum grant award of $3 million per project. Therefore, a minimum of 50% matching funds is required (no more than 25% in-kind contributions).

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California Department of Food and Agriculture California Climate Investments
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Existing milk producers, including Federal and California Recognized Native American Indian Tribes, and dairy digester developers are eligible for this program.